Over the last few months, I have learned a lot about my father's
history. I am now ready to take a break from personal research in
order to do some general research for our mutual benefit.
As everyone knows, important sources of evidence and information, the
live witnesses to the horrors of WW2, are rapidly shrinking in number.
I have decided to reach out to all of the Polish survivors of WW2 (not
just the Kresys and Sybiraks)in order to urge them to record their
Ideally, they should get their families involved. They can write
down or dictate what they remember or have a video interview done. The
information given can be as general or as detailed as they are
comfortable with. These records will benefit both their direct
descendants and all of us as well. If they want to have their stories
published or forwarded to scholars, I will help to facilitate that.
While this is not a new idea, I am going to attempt to reach out to
these people en masse via the media. I will be requesting of the
Polish language media (TV, radio) that they air a "public service
announcement" on behalf of this project, with me as a contact person
should the survivor require guidance or help. This is the only way to
reach a large number of people in a short amount of time.
I have begun with the local (Toronto, Canada) Polish TV program
"Z Ukosa." They have actually turned the announcement into a short
story which will air this Saturday at 6:30 pm. While I was hoping to
stay out of the spotlight, I have been interviewed for the story and
if you want to watch a grown man tremble on camera, tune in to the
Our Kresy-Siberia group is the organization around which my message
will be centered. Some of my own family history will be added as a
background. The story is being edited now and I will be most anxious
to see how it turns out.
If successful, I hope to establish a toll free number, then reach out
to Polish media outlets across North America.
I'll keep you all up to date.